Compliance Checks & a DUI Checkpoint March 26 Through 29

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has announced several DUI enforcement events starting today and continuing through the end of the week. Most of these events are compliance checks. What this means is that numerous local establishments will be tested to see if the business, or any of its employees, are illegally giving alcohol to underage customers. These tests involve a teen who has been coached by a police officer on how to ask a vendor for alcohol, and even to offer a bribe if at first refused. The officer wants to see if clerks, bartenders, waiters, etc. will card the teen, and/or if they will end up furnishing the minor with alcohol at any point. A failure to comply with the law in this matter could spell serious criminal penalties.

While the DUI checkpoint still does not have an announced location, you will know well before you arrive at a checkpoint that it is there. These checkpoints are well marked out. These checkpoints often do not yield arrests, but they do serve as a prominent reminder that every driver needs to take to the road responsibly.

  • Wednesday, March 26, there will be compliance checks throughout District III (Western Hillsborough County), set to go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 27, compliance checks are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. for District IV (Southern Hillsborough County).
  • Friday, March 28, there will be compliance checks in District I (Northern Hillsborough County) going from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Friday, March 28, there will also be a checkpoint from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and BAT and Transportation will be provided. The location has still to be determined.
  • Saturday, March 29, there will be another round of compliance checks in District IV (Southern Hillsborough County), again from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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